6 Essential Recording Tips For Pro Recording Engineers

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Recording engineers are, at times, the unsung heroes of any hit record. There is an incredible amount of attention to detail that’s required, and recording techniques can often fly over the heads of those who have never done it before.

With that in mind, here are 6 tips from top recording engineers and musicians around the world on how to achieve quality recordings.

The following recording tips are from:

    1. Dani Bennett Spragg (MPG Awards Engineer of the Year, Noel Gallagher, The Amazons)
    2. Alexander Archer (Kasabian, The Cribs, Sigrid)
    3. Andrew Dudman (Senior Recording Engineer, Abbey Road)
    4. Steve Mackey (Pulp Bassist)
    5. John Barrett (Abbey Road, George Ezra, Mike Skinner)
    6. Sean Karpowicz (MD, Cranborne Audio)

6 Recording Engineering Tips From 6 Industry Pros

Dani Bennett Spragg
One of my favourite things to do is to have all the members of the band in one room. Have all the doors open and have lots of bleed. If you can do that, and it sounds great, then your whole job is just to balance it.
Alexander Archer
If you’re a young producer trying to get involved with artists and bands, then the top advice I’d give you is not to ignore them in the studio. Throw some encouragement their way and be positive about their tracks and ideas. Ultimately it makes your job easier. Put your phone away as well!
Andrew Dudman
If I knew I was going to record AND mix I would use more EQ and a bit of compression to catch any peaks. Often I will only get five or ten minutes to get a drum sound up, so that's another reason to keep it simple. Anything you do you have to be able to use from the start.
Steve Mackey
I like analogue on reverbs and delays, as I think it encourages artists to get involved with them. Persuading artists to turn dials and do extreme things in the studio is exciting, so I always try to set the studio up in a way that will encourage them to experiment.
John Barrett
I always think you should bed your guitar strings in before you come into a recording session. So change the strings a couple of days before to give them a chance to settle in. Otherwise you’ll have to sit there tuning up after every take.
Sean Karpowicz
A common misconception is that you can start with a sound that isn't great and you can make it sound good with EQ and compression. This isn't true. When you try and EQ in more ‘snap’ for the snare it gets brittle and thin. When you try to get more body of the drum you can get a muddy boxy sound. Start with a good capture or sample and then adjust how prominent it is in the mix - that's the best way to get a good snare sound.
Charlie Kirby, Fred Bailing (Mount Street Studios)
Be involved every step of the way. I learnt so much in the building process and was able to put my stamp on the place. The most important thing I would say is making sure you use a top, top acoustician.
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